Requiem by Lauren Oliver

If you have read Delirium and Pandemonium, this review is spoiler free.

Author: Lauren Oliver
Category: Young Adult
Format: ARC (borrowed)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 3-5-13
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. – Goodreads

I think it’s safe to say that my heart flew to my throat and remained there the entire time I was reading this book.  The insane cliffhanger in Pandemonium made me very anxious to see where this story would go, and boy did it go.  The tension between Lena and Alex is heartbreaking and while everyone is trying to survive the increasingly brutal attacks that are coming to The Wilds, Lena is also trying to process her feelings and everything that has happened to her in the past year.  Lauren Oliver does a wonderful job of weaving a story that is part adventure, part painful romance, so that you are afraid for your life one moment and hoping to be kissed the next.  I cannot think of one part of this book that was slow. It was non-stop from beginning to end.

Perhaps my favorite part of this book was Hana’s point of view.  On the other side of the fence, so to speak, Hana has been cured and awaits her wedding to the next mayor.  The impulsive, thrill seeking Hana we knew in Delirium is much different.  The way she is written was so artful in its shaping of someone that is the same in structure but so different in all other ways.  It is an insiders view of what it’s like to be cured and it was wonderfully different than Lena’s perspective.  It gave this story such depth that without it, I know it would not have been such a compelling book.  Hana’s world is what you would expect, of course, but there are many things that surprised me and I think that many people will find this to be their favorite part of the book, as well.

As much as I love this series, I was disappointed in the ending.  That is not to say that it was bad, but it was so open ended that it seemed almost unfinished.  While the love triangle situation is resolved, there is no follow-up or resolution to some major characters and their fates.  By no resolution, I mean not even an implication as to what happens to them.  Their story lines are just dropped.  I was so surprised by this that I read it twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  At first I thought that maybe my ARC was missing pages.  I am not a fan of the perfectly packaged ending, but this was way beyond unresolved.  Quite frankly, it was just odd.  However, I would not let that stop you from reading this.  It is still the same thrilling story and compelling characters that you have gotten to know in the first two books.  Lauren Oliver created a world that was brutal, yet still held beauty, and I know that many people will be sad to see this series end.

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27 responses to “Requiem by Lauren Oliver

  1. So funny — I also said in my review that Hana’s POV was my favorite — I really loved her storyline. And I also thought my e-ARC was missing pages. I really wished for more resolution. But all in all, a great trilogy.

  2. Pandemonium left me so grumpy and now knowing the ending of this one is left open I really doubt I will continue on with this series. Thanks for your thoughts though.

  3. I enjoyed Hana’s POV too. It was interesting to hear for a cured and how their thinking is so different. I was also disappointed in the ending. I kept hoping that somehow we would get another book or SOMETHING to wrap it up. 🙁

  4. I had similar thoughts to you in terms of the ending. It wasn’t an open ending, more like a gaping hole. It doesn’t even feel like I finished the series. It definitely wasn’t a bad book, but I think the ending affected what I thought of the entire thing. I did quite like Hana’s POV, though. It was interesting to see things from her perspective.

  5. welp you know my feelings on this, haha. I really liked Hana’s POV in this one too! I totally agree about the lack of resolution though, that really irked me. Wonderful review, Kate!

  6. oh no.. an extreme open ending? ugh.. I am starting this book now and I am soooo anxious! I am glad at least the love triangle is resolved (ugh don’t even want to think about that). As for Hana’s POV, I honestly don’t get why it is even included, especially since she is cured.. I would have preferred to just read this book from Lena’s POV, just like delirium and pandemonium.

    awesome review,
    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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